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caster falling off of desk chair [message #555403] Wed, 23 May 2012 18:57 Go to previous message
Barbara Boehmer
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Registered: November 2002
Location: California, USA
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I imagine that many of you have a desk chair similar to mine and have encountered this problem before and some of you may have a better solution than buying a new chair. I have a desk chair that has five casters (plastic wheels with metal stems on them) on the bottom of the chair, that enable the chair to roll around, so that I can easily slide closer to or further from my desk or left or right. One of the casters keeps falling off and, when it does, the whole chair tips in that direction. I have turned the chair upside down and examined the problem. There is nothing wrong with the caster or its stem. The problem is that the plastic piece on the bottom of the chair that the metal stem on the caster has to be inserted into is broken, causing it to be too loose and fall out easily. Unfortunately, that plastic piece is not some little piece that I can remove and replace. The entire five-pronged star that all five casters attach to is one big molded piece. I tried wrapping some tape around the stem of the caster to make it fit snugger, then hammering it in, but that didn't help. Does anybody have a better idea as to what to use to make it fit more snugly and securely or any other way to fix it?
 
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